The Monotony Killer

Greg Thomas
Apr 30 · 2 min read

When we’re bored, the internet, our phones, the endless choices at the app store and games upon games that are promoted in social apps that then cross promote you back to the same social apps you started from can kill you.

You end up spending an hour, two, three, and then the day doing nothing else but pointing and clicking, pointing and clicking, doing something you didn’t plan on doing at all.

Whether it’s a slow day or where you are stuck in your work right now, you need to find a way to break out, you need to find a way to stop the boredom and kill the monotony.

As Queen put it — You need to break free.

You start by realizing that you are bored out of your mind and what you are doing is in no way useful to where you want to go and what you want to be.

You follow it up by moving your phone across the room so if you feel the urge to check it, you physically need to get up, walk over and get it and then realize how dumb it is you did this — you essentially told yourself that you are getting up to go get the TV remote and then sit back down.

You make a list of all the things you want to do, should be doing, can be doing and need to be doing — write it all out, who cares how long the list is, just write it out.

You take the list and you attach it to your bedroom door, your office, your markerboard, anywhere you will see it at the beginning of the day and at the end and figure out which one you are going to tackle first and you start to chip away it.

You will probably get nowhere on that first day, it is most likely you will stumble around trying to figure out where to start and what to focus on, but when you’re done that day, you will have done something, you will have accomplished something and you will most likely not be bored anymore, not clicking on cat videos or endlessly browsing the news, you will have accomplished something.

It doesn’t need to be mountains of accomplished, it simply needs to have broken the monotony and got you focused on something different, something interesting, something of value.

Keep it up.

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Greg Thomas

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I take the complex problems- software development, leadership, team growth- and make it simple.